A healthy pregnancy starts with you feeling your best right now. Whether you’re ready to ditch your birth control, looking ahead to when the moment is right, or even if your fertility plans are well underway, it’s important to do what you can to give your body a head start. These five healthy habits can help pave the way for a smoother pregnancy — and it’s never too early to begin.
Uplevel your nutrition
As you look to create a nourishing, welcoming environment for your future baby to grow, adding nutrient-rich foods to your meals can help. Try to eat a variety of fresh, whole foods instead of processed or packaged goods to begin equipping your body with the nutrients it will need.
Make sure you’re eating ample amounts of healthy fats — the kind found in nuts, seeds, fish, and avocado — as these are essential for your baby’s developing eyes and brain. In fact, you may want to consider supplementing your diet with additional omega fatty acids and DHA to be sure you’re getting enough. Mommy’s Bliss offers a range of high-potency pre- and postnatal supplements, including these vegetarian Omega + DHA gummies. They help support babies’ brain and eye development* with DHA derived from chia seeds and algae, so there’s no fishy taste.
Begin taking a prenatal multivitamin
While it’s clear that your diet plays a key role in making sure your body has the nutrients it needs for a healthy pregnancy, it’s not always easy or possible to get everything you need through food alone. For simplicity and peace of mind, it’s best to take a high-quality prenatal vitamin, and experts recommend that you begin well before you get pregnant.
A good multivitamin will contain critical nutrients for developing babies, such as folic acid, DHA, and choline, along with a whole spectrum of other essential vitamins and minerals. A standout multivitamin will include ingredients that benefit you too. The team at Mommy’s Bliss has designed two unique prenatal multivitamins with both moms and babies in mind — one to help tame tummy troubles and another aimed at fighting fatigue.
Build your biome
Our body’s microbiome is so important to our overall health. Not only can a healthy gut ease the digestive symptoms and low energy commonly reported during pregnancy, but it’s also critical for your immune system — and that of your developing baby.
You can begin seeding your body with the healthy bacteria it needs to thrive now, then continue throughout your pregnancy. Try incorporating fermented foods, but if a daily dose of sauerkraut just isn’t your thing, you can get all the gut-healing benefits with a probiotic supplement, such as this specially formulated multivitamin from Mommy’s Bliss. It’s also important to consume fiber and prebiotics, which act like a fertilizer for good bacteria. These Prenatal Regularity Support gummies taste great and can help create the optimum environment for a happy tummy.
Move your body daily
Exercise during pregnancy can provide serious benefits — from better sleep to easier labor. But you don’t want to shock your body with an overly demanding exercise routine. Allow your body to become accustomed to regular exercise preconception, so you can continue to enjoy the benefits throughout your pregnancy. Consider something moderate and low impact that you can continue to modify and keep up, such as walking, yoga, swimming, or strength training.
Whether you gravitate toward meditation, yoga, walks in nature, or reading, find a regular practice that you find calming and relaxing. If you struggle with prioritizing time for yourself, remember that self-care isn’t just essential for you right now; it’s also something special you can do for your future baby.
As you prepare to bring a baby into the world, you deserve to feel your best. Making these simple shifts can help set you up for a happier, healthier pregnancy. Find the support you need every step of the way with the high-quality supplements from Mommy’s Bliss, designed by moms who understand the journeys of fertility and pregnancy.
- Edwards, Sara M et al. “The Maternal Gut Microbiome During Pregnancy.” MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing vol. 42,6: 310-317. Web. 2017.
- “Pregnancy Fitness: Your Best Moves Before Baby Arrives.” WebMD. WebMD. May 31, 2020. https://www.webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-pregnancy-fitness-moves
- Mayo Clinic Staff. “Prebiotics, probiotics and your health” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic. February 27, 2021. https://www.mayoclinic.org/prebiotics-probiotics-and-your-health/art-20390058